The teenage driver of a vehicle involved in a crash July 21 has been arrested following a secret indictment by the Clatsop County Grand Jury last week.

Samuel Martin Kitto, 19, of Astoria, was arrested Saturday at the Bayshore Apartments, nearly two months after a car he was driving on U.S. Highway 26 struck another vehicle. He is charged with three counts of second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and unlawful possession of methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA also known as Ecstasy. He was booked into the Clatsop County Jail.

Kitto and three passengers were believed to be leaving a rave on a logging road near the highway at 9:15 a.m., when the Subaru Legacy they were traveling in crossed the centerline and struck a Toyota Corolla, driven by Karen E. Anderson, 27, of Eugene, head-on. Anderson was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Audrey Ziebelman, 56, a passenger of Anderson’s, received serious injuries and was also taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Kitto’s passengers Jacob Engbretson, 19, Dylan Rabell, 19, and a 16-year-old female, were taken to Portland-area hospitals with serious injuries.

Kitto was arraigned Monday.


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